Start several months before the property is made available. Look through the eyes of a buyer. What needs to be cleaned? Repainted? Repaired? Or tossed? Ask yourself - or a friend If you were buying this house what would you want to see? The goal is to show a home that looks good makes the most of its assets like space and location and attracts as many buyers and as much demand as possible. Allow yourself enough lead time - not just a day or two - to make the most of the sale. And get help from a real estate agent - early.